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Student Senate and the college administration govern all student affairs jointly. The Student Senate is the official governing body and the voice for all students and consists of members who conduct elections, appoint student all-college committee members and advocate for student needs and concerns.

The college policy on Student Involvement in Decision Making outlines how the Student Senate plays a role in college governance.

  • Constitution 2012
    RATIFIED: 2/18/2016

    Anoka-Ramsey Community College

    Cambridge Campus

    Student Senate Constitution

    Preamble

    The Student Senate of Anoka-Ramsey Community College Cambridge Campus (herein ARCC-CC) will work to ensure quality, accessibility, and affordability of higher education, while providing students with representation and leadership development, and facilitating communication within the campus, college, and community.

    Article I. Name and Purpose

    Section A. The name of this organization is: Anoka-Ramsey Community College – Cambridge Campus Student Senate (herein referenced as CSS) .

    Section B. The Campus Student Senate shall be the Campus Student Association as defined by Minnesota State Board Policy Chapter 2, Section 1.

    Section C. The purpose of the CSS shall be to:

    Advocate for students, and represent the student body and affiliated organizations regarding matters of student concern;

    1. Represent students in the internal administration of the College, including, but not limited to student activities, hiring, college facilities, budgetary and fiscal matters, and policy development;
    2. Provide a means for establishing and maintaining working relationships between staff, administration, and faculty;
    3. Promote leadership and citizenship throughout the student body;
    4. Protect and promote academic and social policies that will assist with development of each student;
    5. Promote student participation in college activities;
    6. Recommend the chartering of students’ clubs and organizations for approval by the College President;
    7. Collaborate with and provide guidance to student clubs and organizations;
    8. Review requests and allocate funds to student clubs and organizations;
    9. Promote student advocacy at the National and State Government levels
    10. Promote involvement within the community around the College.

    Article II. Membership

    Section A. Types of Membership:

    Subsection i. The Executive Board shall consist of the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Director of Public Relations, and Director of Technology.

    Subsection ii. Senators shall consist of students who meet the requirements set in Section B below. All Senators present or proxied at a meeting of the CSS shall have 1 vote.

    Subsection iii. Senators-at-Large shall consist of students interested in involvement who do not otherwise meet the attendance requirements of a voting Senator.

    Section B. Minimum qualifications:

    Subsection i. Membership in the CSS is open to all students with no discrimination regarding race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender, or membership or activity in a local commission as defined by law.

    Subsection ii. Membership is open to currently enrolled students, with no less than one (1) credit, who maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5

    Subsection iii. Students interested in membership must attend two (2) consecutive CSS meetings and submit an application form that includes a signed waiver granting permission for the CSS Advisor to verify eligibility as described in Subsection ii.

    Subsection iv. Must be inducted by a simple majority vote.

    Section C. The responsibilities of members are to include:

    Subsection i. Vote on issues brought before the CSS.

    Subsection ii. Maintain open and friendly communications with the college community.

    Subsection iii. Be a positive role model for other students.

    Subsection iv. Be active on at least one CSS committee, as needed.

    Section D. Senators:

    Subsection i. All Senators must attend regularly scheduled meetings and shall not have more than two (2) consecutive, unexcused absences at the discretion of the student senate president.

    1. If a Senator is more than ten (10) minutes late to a meeting, without prior notification, it is considered one-half (½) of an absence.

    Subsection ii. Senators shall not have more than three (3) consecutive absences, excused or unexcused, at the discretion of the executive board.

    Subsection iii. In the event that a member does not meet the attendance requirements, their status, may be automatically changed to a Senator-At-Large for the remainder of the current semester by following the procedure outlined here.

    1. Senators who miss two consecutive unexcused meetings must be notified in writing of their pending status change to Senator-At-Large by the Secretary and must attend the next CSS meeting to retain full Senator status.
    2. Senators who miss four (4) meetings for any reason must be notified in writing of their pending status change to Senator-At-Large by the Secretary and must attend the next CSS meeting to retain full Senator status.
    3. If a Senator does not attend a meeting after being informed of their pending status change, the Secretary shall immediately change their status to Senator-At-Large.
    4. Exceptions may be made by a 2/3 vote of the CSS at any scheduled meeting.

    Section E. Senators-At-Large:

    Subsection i. May be elected when there is a member or prospective member who, for whatever reason, cannot attend the regularly scheduled CSS meetings.

    Subsection ii. The CSS may at any time, by majority vote, elect an At-Large Representative.

    Subsection iii. Once elected, each has one (1) vote (when present) that cannot be proxied.

    Subsection iv. Will not consist of more than ten (10) students at a time.

    Subsection v. At-Large CSS members may not hold Executive Board positions.

    Subsection vi. Must meet requirements of Section B, above, with the exception of meeting attendance.

    Section F. Minnesota State College Student Association, herein referenced as MSCSA:

    Subsection i. Any Student that is a member of the MSCSA Board is an ex-officio member of the CSS.

    Article III. Structure of Organization

    Section A. All powers of the CSS are delegated to it by the College Administration. Therefore, the College President has the right to veto any act of the CSS or to remove any powers held by the CSS.

    Section B. The CSS shall have an Advisor approved by the College President after consultation with the CSS.

    Section C. The CSS shall have officers that are elected annually by members to form the executive board.

    Section D. Executive Board:

    Subsection i. The Executive Board shall include the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Director of Public Relations, and Director of Technology.

    Subsection ii. The Executive Board is responsible for all CSS daily activities and minor concerns. They may not authorize the expenditure of funds or make decisions for the CSS as a whole, but may recommend actions for the CSS.

    Subsection iii. The Executive Board is responsible for the interpretation of the Constitution.

    Subsection iv. The Executive Board shall be chaired by the President.

    Section E. Any three (3) members of the executive board, acting together, shall have the same authority as the president to express the opinion of the CSS.

    Section F. Membership of the CSS shall be limited to thirty (30) members or one (1) percent of the student body full-time-equivalency (FTE), whichever is greater; and shall include the Executive Board.

    Section G. The CSS shall be associated with the MSCSA in accordance with the MSCSA constitution.

    Section H. CSS members that hold an executive board position within the MSCSA may not be elected or appointed to an executive position within the CSS.

     Article IV. Nomination, Election, and Vacancy of Officers

    Section A. No CSS member may hold more than one (1) elected executive office in student senate at any given time.

    Section B. A member of the Executive Board may temporarily be appointed to fill an empty Executive Board position until another Senator steps forward to fill the position.

    Section C. Any member may hold one office for no more than four (4) full semesters. Any service within said office during a semester shall constitute a full semester.

    Section D. Terms of Office:

    Subsection i. The term of office for any executive board member shall end on June 30th, unless called upon by the President.

    Subsection ii. The term of office for any student representative shall end on June 30th.

    Subsection iii. A student CSS member will be continued if they are present for the next scheduled meeting after June 30th.

    Section E. Vote Tabulation:

    Subsection i. The CSS Advisor and at least one (1) student not running for office appointed by the CSS President shall form an election committee in charge of running the elections by:

    1. the tabulation of ballots in all elections.
    2. hearing any complaints about unfairness in any aspect of the elections.

    Subsection ii. If the CSS advisor is not available, the president shall appoint a person to assist with the tabulation of the ballots.

    Subsection iii. Immediately upon tabulation, the President shall notify the CSS, and subsequently the student body, faculty, and administration, of the election outcome.

    Section F. Spring Elections:

    Subsection i. The offices of the President and Vice President shall be elected by the student body during the spring semester of each school year before the MSCSA Spring General Assembly.

    Subsection ii. Any student intending to enroll for at least three (3) credits for the upcoming year may apply for a ballot on the voting ticket.

    Subsection iii. Candidates applying for either position must submit a letter of intent to the current CSS at least five (5) business days prior to election date, which shall include:

    1. Name
    2. Office of intent
    3. Qualifications for office
    4. Future plans for CSS
    5. No less than fifteen (15) student signatures and corresponding student/tech IDs indicating support

    Subsection iv. No write-in candidates shall be allowed. Ballots with write-in votes shall not be counted.

    Subsection v. “No confidence” and “abstain” shall be offered as choices on the ballot.

    Subsection vi. No candidates may preside over the voting booth or count the ballots.

    Subsection vii. If deemed necessary, supervision of voters and voting will take place by objective members of staff to ensure that neither ballot tampering or intimidation of voters has taken place. This may include a private, single-voter area being erected for the purpose of privacy.

    Subsection viii. Votes to be tabulated as stated in Section E.

    Subsection ix. Candidate with the most votes shall be declared the winner.

    Subsection x. The winner of the spring election shall take office the following July 1st.

    Section G. Fall Elections

    Subsection i. Nominees for any Executive Board position must be a current or pending CSS member; there is no limit to the amount of nominees on any one ballot.

    Subsection ii. The Secretary, Director of Public Relations, Treasurer, and Director of Technology shall be nominated and elected by current CSS members during the third CSS meeting of fall semester.

    Subsection iii. Nominations and elections for all executive board positions during the fall elections shall take place in one meeting except in cases of removal, dismissal or no nomination for position.

    Subsection iv. Following a nomination, candidates are required to introduce themselves, state their qualifications, and provide other information regarding their interest in the office.

    Subsection v. The election shall be held by secret ballot or upon discretion of the president, by general consent.

    Subsection vi. “No confidence” and “abstain” shall be offered as choices on the ballot.

    Subsection vii. All Senators in attendance get exactly one (1) vote in each election. No votes can be proxied.

    Subsection viii. Votes to be tabulated as stated in Section E.

    Subsection ix. A candidate is elected by receiving the most votes. In the case of a tie, a second vote between only the tied candidates will be taken, and the president shall act as a tiebreaker. The candidate with the most votes will be sworn into the position.

    Section H. Removal or Resignation:

    Subsection i. In cases of removal or resignation of officers, a special mid-year election is required.

    Subsection ii. This election shall take place no sooner than six (6) days after the resignation or dismissal is effective.

    Subsection iii. In the exception of semester break,the special election shall take place the second meeting after the semester resumes.

    Subsection iv. Mid-year elections shall be conducted as fall elections.

    Subsection v. Failure to meet these criteria may result in removal:

    1. Failing to carry-out his/her membership responsibilities; as specified in Article II, Section C.
    2. Failing to maintain minimum qualifications.
    3. Failing to follow student conduct set forth by Anoka Ramsey Community College.
    4. Tardiness will be recognized by the CSS board and will be addressed accordingly.

    Section I. Succession ( a.k.a. Chain of Command):

    Subsection i. The Vice President shall fill a vacancy in the office of the President until such a time that an election may be performed for the position.

    Subsection ii. The Secretary shall fill a vacancy in the office of the Vice President until such a time that an election may be performed for the position.

    Subsection iii. The Secretary shall fill a vacancy in the office of the President if the office of the Vice President is empty, or the Vice President is unable or declines to fill the position of President until such a time that an election may be performed for the position.

    Subsection iv. In the absence of the Secretary, the President shall appoint a member as interim secretary to take minutes until the position is filled.

    Subsection v. In the absence of the President, Vice President, and Secretary, the CSS Advisor shall chair an election to fill one or more positions before any further business is conducted. The CSS Advisor may appoint one CSS member to assist in the tabulation of the ballots.

    Section J. Campaigning Rules:

    Subsection i. Campaign posters and paraphernalia require approval from the Student Activities Coordinator and shall conform to the college posting policy.

    Subsection ii. There will be a limit of twelve (12) posters per campaign, per candidate.

    Subsection iii. Only four (4) posters may be larger than legal size paper.

    Subsection iv. Candidates may not send out global emails through the campus email network.

    Subsection v. Campaigns may not be funded in part or in whole by student-life funds.

    Subsection vi. Candidates shall remove posters and campaign paraphernalia by no more than 24 hours post election.

    Article V. Duties of Executive Board Officers

    Section A. Requirements of all Executive Board Officers:

    Section A. Requirements of all Executive Board Officers:

    Subsection i. All Executive Board Officers must meet the minimum qualifications for Senators as outlined in Article II Section B. Minimum Qualifications and Article II Section D. Senators.

    Subsection ii. Any Executive Board position must be vacated upon that officer’s status change to Senator-At-Large.

    Subsection iii. All Executive Board Officers must carry at least three (3) credits per semester at ARCC-CC.

    Subsection iv. All Executive Board Officers must maintain at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA.

    Subsection v. All Executive Board Officers must commit at least one (1) hour per week to staffing the CSS office.

    Subsection vi. Any Executive Board Officer cannot be a member of the CSS executive board of any other college, the MSCSA executive board, or the Minnesota State Universities Student Association (herein MSUSA) executive board. You may run for a maximum of two (2) executive board positions, but you must disclose your other executive position to the clubs you are involved in. You may not be president of more than one club. People running for these positions should be mindful of their time commitments.

    Subsection vii. Executive Board members shall hold no powers not specifically outlined in this document unless approved by the full senate at a regular or emergency meeting held for such a purpose.

    Section B. President:

    Subsection i. Responsibilities:

    1. Responsible for the overall organization and operations of the CSS, and for enforcing the constitution.
    2. Preside over regularly scheduled CSS meetings, including Executive Board meetings.
    3. Call and preside over special CSS meetings.
    4. Ensure that motions passed by the CSS are carried out.
    5. Appoint members to fill temporary Executive Board vacancies.
    6. Co-chair the ARCC-CC Campus Activities Board with the Student Activities Coordinator.
    7. Serve as Ex-Officio Chair of all internal committees unless an alternate is appointed by the President or elected by the CSS.
    8. Represent the student body on the College Advisory Committee.
    9. Possess knowledge of MSCSA governing documents.
    10. Be familiar with Minnesota State and ARCC student-related policies.
    11. Represent the CSS and serve as chief delegate at MSCSA events.
      a) If unable to attend MCSA meetings, the President may appoint another member to attend as the CSS delegate.
    12. Maintain regular communication with other community and technical colleges and the MSCSA Executive Board.
    13. Meet weekly with the Student Activities Coordinator.
    14. Orient new members to policies and procedures of the CSS.
      a) Assist other members in any special projects or events.
    15. Prepare meeting agendas for the Secretary three days prior to regular meetings.

    Section C. Vice President:

    Subsection i. Responsibilities:

    1. Shall assist the President in all Presidential duties.
    2. Preside over meetings in the absence of the President.
    3. Advise the CSS concerning matters of parliamentary procedure.
      a) Assist the presiding officer, as requested, on questions of parliamentary procedure as defined by Robert’s Rules of Order.
      b) Assist the presiding officer by keeping track of the order of those wishing to speak, motions, amendments, voting, etc. during meetings.
      c) Be available to meet with the Board at meetings whenever needed, as assigned by the President.
      d) Assist with the coordination of motions and resolutions as requested.
    4. Shall organize and chair the following working document committees as necessary:
      a) Constitution Committee
      b) Platform Committee.
    5. Assist the President in maintaining the organization of CSS and in handling the internal affairs of the CSS.
    6. Assist other members in any special projects or events.

    Section D. Secretary:

    Subsection i. Responsibilities:

    1. Shall distribute CSS meeting agendas.
    2. Shall notify the Students of ARCC-CC of actions taken by the CSS, issues, and meetings in coordination with the Director of Public relations.
    3. Shall maintain accurate historical records of CSS, including agendas, meeting minutes, Constitution and Bylaws, CSS membership rosters, etc
    4. Shall assist the CSS Advisor in verifying that all members meet the membership requirements.
    5. Shall update the Constitution and Bylaws with amendments.
    6. Shall record meetings minutes.
    7. Shall distribute minutes to interested students, faculty, and administration prior to the next scheduled meeting.
    8. Shall ensure that each member of the Executive Board has a current copy of the Constitution.
    9. Shall keep an accurate senate member roster, and report on additions, subtractions and status changes at each regular meeting.
    10. Shall take roll-call votes.
    11. Shall update policy manual as required.
    12. Shall post the CSS documents on both the Student Senate Bulletin board(s) as well as work with the CSS Adviser to post documents electronically, including:
      a) Meeting Agendas at least one (1) business day prior to the meeting
      b) Meeting Minutes at least one (1) business day prior to the next meeting

    Section E. Director of Public Relations

    Subsection i. Responsibilities

    1. Shall promote the CSS to the campus and recruit new members.
    2. Shall distribute, as appropriate, mass communication noting concerns and positions of CSS on key issues.
    3. Shall submit publicity for CSS sponsored events to appropriate parties (student newspaper, local media, electronic displays, etc.)
    4. Shall maintain contact with the MSCSA platform committee and the Metro North Regional Member thereof.
    5. Shall maintain contact with the MSCSA Government Relations Association.
      a) Promote MSCSA Rally Days on campus.
    6. Shall Chair the Legislative Committee, if established.
    7. Shall administer CSS’s Facebook group.
      a) Assist clubs with promotion when requested.
      b) Keep the CSS members knowledgeable about proceedings within the CSS.
    8. Shall notify the students of ARCC-CC of actions taken by the CSS, issues, and meetings in coordination with the secretary.

    Section F. Treasurer:

    Subsection i. Responsibilities:

    1. Shall administer and maintain accurate records of all budgets funded through Student Life fees.
    2. Shall report to the Student Senate and its Executive Committee on the Government and related budgets.
    3. Shall serve as the Cambridge Campus student representative to the ARCC Budget Committee.
    4. Shall assist the President when actions taken by Student Senate involve the expenditure or transfer of funds, and shall ensure that proper procedures are followed to carry out the intentions of the Government.
    5. Shall chair the Student Senate Finance Committee, if established.
      a) Serves as the primary Student Senate contact with the Business Office on budget issues.
    6. Shall be in charge of filling out internal requisition forms.

    Section G. Director of Technology:

    Subsection i. Responsibilities:

    1. Shall be a member of the ARCC Cambridge Campus Technology Committee and actively participate in the decision making process for the adjustment of the student technology fees.
    2. Shall maintain CSS website(s), list-serves, email systems, and all related technology business.
    3. Shall maintain CSS website(s), list-serves, email systems, and all related technology business.
    4. Shall maintain contact with the MSCSA platform committee and the Metro North Regional Member thereof.
    5. Shall maintain communication with the Information Technology Services.
      a) Shall work to maintain electronic documents.
      b) Shall archive and digitize all papers relative to the CSS’s business as needed.
    6. Shall post meeting minutes and agendas as needed.

    Article VI. Committees

    Section A. The President shall appoint any CSS member to College committees (standing or ad-hoc) with joint representation from student, faculty, staff, and administration of the college.

    Section B. Senators who stand on committees, either of the CSS or the College, are required to attend such committee meetings.

    Section C. CSS standing committees are committees that have indefinite terms and need to be maintained yearly.They include:

    Subsection i. Constitution Committee, chaired by the Vice President

    Subsection ii. Platform Committee, chaired by the Vice President.

    Subsection iii. Legislative Committee, chaired by the Director of Public Relations

    1. Investigate and keep the CSS informed of bills in the state legislature and congress that relate to higher education. Other duties may include but are not limited to:
      a) Maintaining contact with state legislators, city council members, members of Congress, and County Commissioner, who represent the community around ARCC-CC.
      b) Coordinating meetings between members of CSS and state legislators at the MSCSA Advocacy Days.
    2. Arranging Debates between local candidates in election years.

    Section D. All ad-hoc committees formed by a majority vote of the CSS shall be chaired by the President unless an alternate chair is appointed by the President or elected by the CSS.

    Subsection i. Each ad-hoc committee is disbanded at a date set by the CSS.

    Section E. All committees shall provide a verbal report monthly at a regularly scheduled meeting. Written reports shall include, but not be limited to: place, dates of meetings, members, visitors in attendance, and brief summary of each meeting.

    Article VII. Meetings

    Section A. The CSS shall meet once per week during fall and spring semesters, excluding finals week and spring break, or at the call of the President during summer session.

    Section B. Emergency Meetings:

    Subsection i. The President, a majority of Senators, or a group of fifty (50) students may call an emergency meeting in order to deal with crucial issues as they arise.

    Subsection ii. Emergency meetings shall not take the place of regularly scheduled meetings.

    Subsection iii. Twenty-four (24) hours notice must be given for such meetings, and the agenda must be posted twenty-four (24) hours in advance.

    Section C. Any CSS member, College administrator, faculty member, staff member, or registered student may submit an item to the agenda within one (1) hour of regularly scheduled meetings.

    Section D. All meetings are subject to Robert's Rules of Order, current edition.

    Section E. The President shall chair CSS meetings. In the event of vacancies or absences, the temporary chair shall be (in this order): the Vice President, Secretary, allocated by the CSS advisor.

    Section F. Attendance:

    Subsection i. CSS members are required to attend all regularly scheduled meetings.

    Subsection ii. A member will not be considered in attendance if they do not stay for 30 minutes or ½ of the meeting whichever is less.

    Subsection iii. A member is required to notify the Secretary or President in advance of an absence.

    Subsection iv. A member of the Executive Board who plans to be absent must submit their Executive Board Report to the President or Vice President before the meeting.

    Subsection v. Failure to notify in advance and/or submit a report shall result in an unexcused absence.

    Section G. All meetings are open to all interested parties; The President must grant the floor to anyone wishing to speak, with the ability of the president to place a reasonable time limit.

    Section H. Filibusters are not allowed in CSS meetings.

    Section I. The CSS, by two-thirds (2/3) vote, may remove anyone from the room who is disturbing order and otherwise disturbing the flow of the meeting.

    Section J. The CSS, by a two-thirds (2/3) vote, may order to discuss a sensitive or private issue. Only CSS members and the CSS Advisor may be in attendance for said issue.

    Section K. Layout:

    Subsection i. The order of business shall be:

    1. Call to Order
    2. Roll Call and Establishment of Quoru
    3. Approval of the Agend
    4. Approval of the Minutes
    5. Student Open Floor and Guest Speakers
    6. Executive Board Report
    7. Advisor Repor
    8. Committee Report
    9. Unfinished Busines
    10. New Business
    11. Announcements
    12. Adjournment

    Subsection ii. The President or meeting chairperson may use discretion in deviating from above order of business as may be necessary for any individual meeting.

    Article VIII. Clubs and Organizations

    Section A. Student groups seeking official club or organization status must meet the following requirements:

    Subsection i. Must have no discrimination regarding race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender, membership or activity in a local commission as defined by law.

    Subsection ii. Ensure that the club’s purpose will benefit students and the College.

    Subsection iii. Secure a faculty or staff advisor, approved by the Student Activities Coordinator and the Dean of Student Life.

    Subsection iv. Submit a proposed written constitution to the CSS. If the proposed club is affiliated with a state or national organization, the affiliated constitution and the terms of affiliation must also be submitted.

    Subsection v. Submit a roster of active student-members and student/tech IDs, ensuring the minimum membership is at least five (5) members.

    Subsection vi. Approval of the charter requires a two thirds (2/3) majority vote of the CSS.

    Subsection vii. A pre-term calendar of events and financial/budget statement must also be presented to the CSS.

    Section B. Responsibilities of clubs and organizations include:

    Subsection i. Maintain at least five (5) active student members at all times. Each member must be registered with the CSS, and be a registered student of the campus with at least one (1) credit.

    Subsection ii. Submit revisions and or amendments to the club Constitution and Bylaws as needed.

    Subsection iii. Submit the pre-term calendar of events and financial/budget statement to the CSS annually.

    Subsection iv. All clubs and organization members that receive approval for travel must agree and sign the Student Travel Responsibility Contract and return it to the Student Activities Coordinator.

    Section C. CSS responsibilities in regard to clubs and organizations include:

    Subsection i. The CSS considers requests for provisional and official club status and recommends action to the College President. The College President shall have final authority to approve or deny all charters.

    Subsection ii. The CSS shall have the right to inspect all books, records, and activities of clubs to review operations and to determine that clubs are operating within their stated purpose.

    Subsection iii. The CSS shall have the privilege of calling presiding officers or other duly constituted members of the clubs for consultation when considering matters of concern to these organizations.

    Subsection iv. The CSS may suspend or place on probation clubs and organizations that are determined, by means of a hearing, to be in violation of the CSS rules or of their charter.

    Subsection v. The CSS, by two-thirds (2/3) vote, may revoke the charter and official club status of any club or organization which fails to abide by its stated purpose, responsibilities or overall requirements of the College. Prior to revocation, club members shall be granted an opportunity to speak on behalf of the club.

    Section D. Each group, club and/or organization must have one student representative who will meet with the Campus Activity Board to discuss upcoming events or other pertinent business.

    Section E. One student representative of each club/group/organization that receives student life funds should attend one CSS meeting a semester and should report their club activity.

    Section F. Revising old charters. Each group, club, and/or organization shall submit updated charters/constitutions to be approved according to the same CSS requirements in the fall of each year.

    Article IX. Discipline

    Section A. Any CSS member found in violation of the Student Conduct Code or illegal behavior shall be removed from the CSS immediately by the CSS advisor.

    Section B. Any CSS member is subject to removal for:

    Subsection i. Failing to maintain the minimum qualifications stated in Article II, Section A (as determined by the Student Senate Advisor).

    Subsection ii. Failing to carry out his/her membership responsibilities.

    Subsection iii. Behaving in a manner deemed unfit by the CSS.

    Subsection iv. Missing two (2) consecutive meetings unexcused (see Article II, Section C., Subsection v.).

    Subsection v. A meeting absence will be considered excused as long as the President or Secretary is notified in advance that the Senator cannot be in attendance.

    Section C. With the exception of immediate removal due to a Student Conduct violation or other illegal/unethical behavior, a two-thirds (2/3) vote is necessary to remove a member from CSS. To the extent possible, the member being considered for removal shall be given an opportunity to speak on his/her own behalf.

    Article X. Dormancy and Method of Dissolution

    Section A. In the event the CSS becomes dormant, the CSS Advisor shall set a meeting and notify all Representatives.

    Section B. The ARCC-CC CSS may be dissolved by one (1) or more of the following methods:

    1. By a two-thirds (⅔) vote of the student body
    2. Closing of the college.

    Article XI. Amendment

    Section A. Suggestions to amend the Constitution may be made in the following manners

    Subsection i. Any administrative staff of the college may submit a proposed amendment to the appropriate committee.

    1. Any Senator may submit a proposed amendment to the Constitution committee for consideration.

    Subsection ii. Any student may submit a proposed amendment to the CSS, if a petition supporting the amendment has signatures of seventy-five (75) students, or five (5%) percent of the student body full-year enrollment (FYE), whichever is fewer.

    Subsection iii. A proposed amendment must be presented to the CSS at least one meeting prior to the vote on the amendment.

    Section B. Amendment Requirements:

    Subsection i. The Constitution shall be amended by two thirds (2/3) vote of the CSS.

    Section C. Ratification:

    Subsection i. Amendments to the Constitution, when ratified, take effect 1 week after being posted in two places (Online, on the ARCC website, and in the Student Life Activities Center) by the Secretary.

    Subsection ii. Any major amendment made to this document shall be listed in Article XIII. Revision History.

    Section D. This document may be suspended, as a whole or in part, temporarily by a two thirds (2/3) vote.

    Article XII. Revision History

    Section A. Revisions made 2009

    Subsection i. Bylaws became part of the constitution again.

    Subsection ii. Article X, Section 2 & Added Subsection v.

    Subsection iii. Article IV. Section 4 & Section 7 & Article VIII Section 2 & Section 6

    1. Broken up into subsections
    2. Parliamentarian and Director of Finance job descriptions added.

    Section B. Revisions made Dec. 2009

    Subsection i. Article V. Job descriptions were modified.

    Section C. Revisions made April 2012

    Subsection i. Article V. Section B, C, D, E, F, and G.

    1. Job descriptions were modified.

    Section D. Revisions made April 2013

    1. Added Director of student Club Affairs.
    2. Made changes to Article V subsection vi.
    3. Revised whole constitution.
    4. Made grammatical changes.

    Section E. Revisions made April 2015

    1. Grammatical Changes made.
    2. Changed names of the Student Government to Senate, as well as officer names.
    3. Changed GPA from 2.0 to 2.5.

    Section F.

    1. Made grammatical changes.
    2.  General Formatting.
    3. Revised Preamble.
    4. Added “gender” to Article II Section B Subsection i
      a) Article VIII Section A Subsection i
    5. Article II Section B Subsection i, added point 1.
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  • These students from Anoka-Ramsey Community College Cambridge campus volunteer their efforts and time to make Student Senate work.

    EXECUTIVE BOARD

    President, Julie Beenken
    Vice President, Anna Halvorson
    Secretary, Susan Erickson
    Treasurer, Dean Beenken
    Director of Public Relations, open
    Director of Technology, Michael Badger

    CAMBRIDGE SENATORS

    Senator, Susan Erickson
    Senator, Emily Deglman
    Senator, Nick Searles
    Senator, Andrea Gerrard

  • Cambridge Student Senate meetings are held:

    Mondays
    12 to 1 pm
    Rm F205

    All students are encouraged to attend!

  • (Ratified February 15, 2017)

    Article I
    Name and Purpose


    Section 1. The name of this organization is the Anoka-Ramsey Community College – Coon Rapids Campus Student Senate.
    Section 2. The Campus Student Senate shall be the Campus Student Association as defined by the Minnesota State Board Policy Chapter 2, Section 1.
    Section 3. The purpose of the Student Senate shall be to:

    Subsection i. Advocate for students and represent the student body and affiliated organizations regarding matters of student concern.
    Subsection ii. Provide a means for establishing and maintaining working relationships between staff, administration, and faculty.
    Subsection iii. Promote leadership and citizenship throughout the student body;
    Subsection iv. Protect and promote academic and social policies that will assist with development of each student.
    Subsection v. Acquire and relay accurate information to the student body;
    Subsection vi. Review and recommend for action all club and organizational charters.
    Subsection vii. Further and improve student participation in college activities;
    Subsection viii. Review requests and allocate funds to student clubs and organizations.
    Subsection ix. Collaborate with and provide guidance to student clubs and organizations.
    Subsection x. Aid in the internal administration of the College, including, but not limited to:

    a) Student activities
    b) Hiring
    c) College facilities
    d) Budgetary and fiscal matters
    e) Policy development

    Subsection xi. Promote student advocacy at the National and State Government levels;
    Subsection xii. Promote involvement within the community around the College.

    Article II
    Membership

    Section 1. Minimum qualification:

    Subsection i. The Student Senate is open with no discrimination regarding race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status 2 with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, membership or activity in a local commission as defined by law.
    Subsection ii. Membership is open to current tuition and fee paying students, who maintain a minimum ARCC cumulative GPA or 2.00.
    Subsection iii. Students interested in membership must attend two (2) full consecutive Student Senate meetings (voted in at the beginning of the third consecutive meeting during open floor).
    Subsection iv. Interested students must fill out the Student Senate Application and hand it in to the Student Activities Coordinator.
    Subsection v. Must be inducted by a simple majority vote.

    Section 2. The responsibilities and expectations of all members include:

    Subsection i. When the Student Senate takes on an initiative it is strongly encouraged that all senators offer their assistance in the implementation of said initiative, and discuss in the office. Initiatives will be provided in the minutes.
    Subsection ii. Actively serve on at least one (1) college committee/board per academic year. (Not including Senate Ad-hoc Committees)
    Subsection iii. Consider all sides of funding requests brought before the Student Senate.
    Subsection iv. Vote on issues brought before the Student Senate.
    Subsection v. Maintain open and friendly communications with the college community, faculty and staff.
    Subsection vi. Be a positive role model for the student body.
    Subsection vii. Attend regularly scheduled meetings. Members shall not have more than two (2) unexcused absences per semester.
    Subsection viii. Must adhere to the ARCC Student Code of Conduct.

    Section 3. Senators

    Subsection i. A senator is a student on the Student Senate and is a voting member of the Student Senate.
    Subsection ii. Senators who are elected in the fall are to be senators until finals week of the academic year.
    Subsection iii. All voting members are required to spend at least two (2) hours per week of active senate work in the Student Senate Office.

    a) Duties will include: volunteering at a Student Senate sponsored event, distributing Student Senate information to interested students, tabling and helping the Coon Rapids Student Senate Executive Board with special projects.

    Subsection iv. Senators who miss two (2) consecutive unexcused meetings are recognized as forfeiting their privileges and position as a senator of the Student Senate.
    Subsection v. Senators who miss two (2) weeks of their two (2) hours per week office house are said to be ex-officio.

    Section 4. At-Large Student Senate members

    Subsection i. Students seeking At-Large status must submit a letter of intent to the Student Senate President to be read before a meeting prior to an At-Large election.
    Subsection ii. May be elected when there is a member or prospective member who, for whatever reason, cannot attend the regularly scheduled Student Senate meetings.
    Subsection iii. The Student Senate may at any time, by two-thirds (2/3) vote, elect an At-Large Representative.
    Subsection iv. Once elected have one (1) vote (when present) that cannot be proxied.
    Subsection v. Will not consist of more than 25% (1 in 4) of senators at a time.
    Subsection vi. At-Large Student Senate members may not hold an Executive Board position.
    Subsection vii. Must meet requirements as mentioned in Section 1 and 2, with the exception to meeting attendance.
    Subsection viii. All At-Large members shall run from the date elected until completion of finals week of the academic year.

    Article III

    Structure of Organization

    Section 1. All powers of the Student Senate are delegated to it by the College Administration. Therefore, the College President has the right to veto any act of the Student Senate or to remove any powers held by the Student Senate.
    Section 2. The Student Senate shall have an Advisor approved by the College President after consultation with the Student Senate.
    Section 3. The Student Senate shall have officers that are elected annually by senators to form the executive board.
    Section 4. Executive Board:

    Subsection i. The Executive Board shall include the President, Vice President, Communications Director, Public Relations Coordinator, and Clubs Coordinator.
    Subsection ii. The Executive Board is responsible for all Student Senate daily activities and minor concerns. They may not authorize the expenditures of funds or make decisions for the Student Senate as a whole, but may recommend actions for the Student Senate.
    Subsection iii. The Executive Board is responsible for the interpretation of the Constitution.
    Subsection iv. The Executive Board shall hold regularly scheduled meetings, unless total Student Senate membership consists of fewer than twelve (12) persons.
    Subsection v. The Executive Board shall be chaired by the President.

    Section 5. Any three (3) members of the Executive Board, acting together, shall have the same authority as the President to express the opinion of the Student Senate.
    Section 6. Membership of the Student Senate shall be limited to thirty (30) members or one (1%) percent of the student body full-time equivalency (FTE), whichever is greater, and shall include the Executive Board.
    Section 7. The Student Senate shall be associated with the Minnesota State College Student Association, herein referenced as MSCSA, in accordance with the MSCSA Constitution.
    Section 8. Student Senate members that hold an executive (Cabinet) position within MSCSA may not be elected nor appointed to an executive position within the Student Senate.

    Article IV
    Nomination, Election, and Vacancy of Officers

    Section 1. No Student Senate member may hold more than one (1) Student Senate executive office at any given time.
    Section 2. Any member may hold one (1) office for no more than four (4) full semesters. With the exception to a vacant office and no interested parties. Any service within said office during a semester shall constitute a full semester. (Interim office terms do not count.)

    Subsection i. If no interested parties come forward during the nominations the Student Senate President may temporarily appoint a willing member that has reached the term limit.

    Section 3. Terms of Office

    Subsection i. The term of office for any executive board member shall end on June 30th, unless called upon by the President.
    Subsection ii. A student’s Senate membership will continue if they are present for the next regularly scheduled meeting after June 30th.
    Subsection iii. All Student-At-Large positions end on the first day of the next term. Anyone wishing to stay a Student-At-large must follow Article II, Section 4 with the exception of meeting attendance.

    Section 4. Vote Tabulation

    Subsection i. The Student Senate Advisor and at least two (2) and not to exceed five (5) students not running for office appointed by the Student Senate President shall form an Election/Steering committee in charge of running the elections.

    a) They are responsible for the tabulation of ballots in all elections.
    b) Hearing any complaints about unfairness in any aspect of the elections.

    Subsection ii. If the Student Senate Advisor is not available, the President shall appoint a person to assist with tabulation of the ballots.
    Subsection iii. Immediately upon tabulation, the President shall notify the Student Senate, and subsequently the student body, faculty, and administration of the election outcome.
    Subsection iv. The vote shall be by secret ballot unless called by the President or Student Senate members.
    Subsection v. Votes to be tabulated as technology permits.

    Section 5. Spring Elections

    Subsection i. The Executive Board offices shall be elected by the student body during the spring semester of each school year before registration deadline of the MSCSA Spring General Assembly.
    Subsection ii. Any student intending to enroll for at least six (6) ARCC Coon Rapids credits for the upcoming year may apply for a ballot on the voting ticket.
    Subsection iii. Candidates applying for any position, must submit a letter of intent to the current Student Senate at least two (2) weeks prior to the election dates, which shall include but not limited to:

    a) Name
    b) Office of intent
    c) Qualifications for office
    d) Future plans for Student Senate
    e) No less than twenty-five (25) student signatures and corresponding Star ID’s indicating support. Must be ARCC students and Star ID’s will be verified.

    Subsection iv. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.
    Subsection v. Candidates will undergo an interview process with the current Executive Board, unless they are running for re-election.

    a) Those candidates reaching the final picks will be put forth to the Student Body.

    Subsection vi. No write-in candidates shall be allowed. Ballots with write-in votes shall not be counted.
    Subsection vii. “No confidence” and “abstain” shall be offered as choices on the ballot.
    Subsection viii. No candidates may preside over the voting booth or count the ballots.
    Subsection ix. If deemed necessary, supervision of voters and voting will take place by objective members of staff to ensure that neither ballot tampering nor intimidation of voters has taken place. This may include a private, single-voter area being erected for the purpose of privacy.
    Subsection x. A simple majority shall win the elections.
    Subsection xi. The winner of the spring election shall take office the following July 1st.
    Subsection xii. Upon becoming Executive Board-elect, the elected member must attend all remaining Student Senate meetings and the remaining MSCSA Conferences as well as shadow the current Executive Board member.

    Section 6. Fall Elections

    Subsection i. If there are open positions on the Executive Board in the Fall Semester. The election process will be as described below:
    Subsection ii. Nominees for any Executive Board Office must be a current Student Senate member, there is no limit to the amount of nominees on any one ballot.
    Subsection iii. Nominations and elections for all executive board positions during the fall elections shall take place in one meeting except in cases of removal, dismissal or no nomination for position.
    Subsection iv. Following a nomination, a candidate shall be required to introduce themselves, state their qualifications, and provide other information regarding their interest in the office.
    Subsection v. The elections shall be by secret ballot.
    Subsection vi. “No confidence” and “abstain” (For conflict of interest or bias) shall be offered as choices on the ballot.
    Subsection vii. A candidate wins by receiving a two-thirds (2/3) majority, the candidate(s) receiving the lowest total of votes (and those with no votes) shall be dropped from the ballot. With only two (2) candidates remaining on a ballot, a simple majority shall win the election.

    Section 7. Removal or Resignation

    Subsection i. In cases of removal or resignation of officers, a special mid-year election is required.
    Subsection ii. The election shall take place no sooner than six (6) days after the resignation or dismissal is effective.
    Subsection iii. If an officer resigns or is removed over a semester break, then the following semester, a special election for the vacant potion shall take place during the second official meeting.
    Subsection iv. Mid-year elections shall be conducted as fall elections.

    Section 8. Succession

    Subsection i. The Vice President shall fill a vacancy in the office of the President until such a time that an election may be performed for the position.
    Subsection ii. The Communications Director shall fill a vacancy in the office of the Vice President until such a time that an election may be performed for the position.
    Subsection iii. The Communications Director shall fill a vacancy in the office of the President if the office of the Vice President is empty or the Vice President is unable/declines to fill the position of President until such a time that an election may be performed for the position.
    Subsection iv. In the absence of the Communications Director, the President shall appoint a member as interim Communications Director to take minutes until the position is filled.
    Subsection v. In the absence of the President, Vice President, and Communications Director, the Student Senate Advisor shall chair an election to fill one or more positions before any further business is conducted. The Student Senate Advisor may appoint one Student Senate member to assist in the tabulation of the ballots.

    Section 9. Campaign Rules

    Subsection i. Campaign posters and advertising materials require approval from the Student Activities Coordinator and shall conform to the college posting policy.
    Subsection ii. There will be a limit of twelve (12) 8 ½” x 11” flyers.
    Subsection iii. Four (4) poster size (16” x 20”) will be permitted.
    Subsection iv. Candidates may not send out global e-mails through the campus e-mail network.
    Subsection v. Campaigns may not be funded by student life funds. All campaign materials will be funded by the Candidate.
    Subsection vi. If any campaign rules are violated, the candidate may be subject to removal from the ballot and/or going before Student Senate.

    Section 10. Vacant Officer Positions

    Subsection i. In case of a vacancy the Student Senate President may appoint a Student Senate member to temporarily fill a position until the next election. Appointments must be approved by a simple majority of the Student Senate.
    Subsection ii. Any Student Senate member interested in a vacant officer position should notify the Student Senate President.

    Article V
    Duties of Executive Board Officers

    Section 1. Requirements of all Executive Board Officers:

    Subsection i. All Executive Board Officers must carry at least six (6) credits per semester at Anoka-Ramsey Community College – Coon Rapids.
    Subsection ii. All Executive Board Officers must maintain at least a 2.00 ARCC cumulative GPA.
    Subsection iii. Any Executive Board Officer cannot be a member of any other College’s Student Senate.
    Subsection iv. No Representative may hold more than one (1) executive officer at any given time.
    Subsection v. Shall assist other members if needed.

    Section 2. President

    Subsection i. Responsible for the overall organizations and operations of the Student Senate and for enforcing the constitution.
    Subsection ii. Preside over regularly scheduled Student Senate meetings, including Executive Board meetings.
    Subsection iii. Oversee proper execution of all motions passed by the Student Senate.
    Subsection iv. Appoint members to Executive Board-elect when there are vacancies. Subject to approval of the Student Senate.
    Subsection v. Co-chair all the ARCC-Coon Rapids Fee Committees.
    Subsection vi. Serve as Ex-Officio Chair of all Student Senate internal committees unless an alternate is appointed by the President or elected by the Student Senate.
    Subsection vii. Represent the student body on the College Advisory Committee.
    Subsection viii. Be familiar with Minnesota State, MSCSA, and ARCC student-related policies.
    Subsection ix. Represent the Student Senate and serve as chief delegate at MSCSA events.

    a) If unable to attend MSCSA meetings, the President may appoint another member to be the Student Senate delegate.

    Subsection x. Meet weekly with the Student Activities Coordinator (Student Senate Advisor).
    Subsection xi. Prepare a draft agenda by Monday of the weekly scheduled meeting and post agenda in the Senate Office.
    Subsection xii. Facilitate the activities of the Executive Board.
    Subsection xiii. Shall attend all Student Senate, Student Senate Executive Boards, all MSCSA General Assemblies/Conferences and all other related or later assigned meetings.

    Section 3. Vice President

    Subsection i. Shall assist the President in all Presidential duties.
    Subsection ii. Preside over meetings in the absence of the President.
    Subsection iii. Coordinate daily operations and concerns of the Student Senate.
    Subsection iv. Advise the Student Senate concerning matters of parliamentary procedure unless a parliamentarian has been appointed.
    Subsection v. Shall organize and chair the Constitution and Platform Committee’s as necessary.
    Subsection vi. Advise other officers about their job duties.
    Subsection vii. Assist other members in any special projects.
    Subsection viii. Assist the Student Senate Advisor in verifying that all members meet the membership requirements.

    Section 4. Communications Director

    Subsection i. Shall notify the Students of ARCC-Coon Rapids of actions taken by the Student Senate, issues, and meetings.
    Subsection ii. Maintain accurate, historical records of Student Senate, including agendas, meeting minutes, Constitution, Student Senate meeting rosters, current standing committees, members and their meeting minutes.
    Subsection iii. Record meeting minutes and e-mail the Student Senate members a draft of the meeting minutes by Monday of the weekly scheduled meeting. Draft minutes are to be posted in the Student Senate office.
    Subsection iv. Take roll-call votes.
    Subsection v. Collect Student Senate mail from Central Services weekly.
    Subsection vi. Shall keep motion slips, student forms and copies of the Constitution and addendums in the file cabinets.
    Subsection vii. Maintain technology for Student Senate.

    Section 5. Public Relations Coordinator

    Subsection i. Shall promote the Student Senate to the campus and recruit new members.
    Subsection ii. Promote MSCSA State Capital Days on Campus.
    Subsection iii. Write an update article for each printing of the school newspaper.
    Subsection iv. Be in charge of advertising elections for spring.
    Subsection v. Submit publicity for Student Senate sponsored events to appropriate parties (student newspaper, local media, electronic displays, etc.).
    Subsection vi. Orient new members to policies and procedures of the Student Senate.
    Subsection vii. Advertise leadership opportunities.
    Subsection viii. Maintain the Student Senate webpage and help the Student Senate Advisor with the D2L page.

    Section 6. Clubs Coordinator

    Subsection i. Inform the Student Senate of college and club-sponsored activities and events.
    Subsection ii. Oversee the clubs’ budgets and report them to the Student Senate.

    a) Make sure the clubs finish follow-up before new funding requests are submitted.

    Subsection iii. Will ensure that all clubs have all their forms completed, including a Club Roster Form and Expectations and Responsibilities Form, on a yearly basis.
    Subsection iv. Maintain a copy of all official clubs’ Constitution and Bylaws.
    Subsection v. Facilitate relations with and provide guidance to clubs.
    Subsection vi. Assist all interested students in forming clubs.

    a) Ensuring the requirements for club chartering and funding are met.
    b) Ensure that all clubs comply with provisions contained in this Constitution.

    Subsection vii. Responsible for attending all Campus Activities Board meetings and keep track of club attendance.

    Article VI
    Quorum and Voting

    Section 1. Quorum

    Subsection i. A quorum shall consist of one-half of the Student Senate membership plus one (1).
    Subsection ii. Only one (1) member present by proxy may be counted toward quorum.
    Subsection iii. The absence of an At-Large member shall not be counted against quorum; however, if an At-Large member is present, he or she may count towards quorum.

    Section 2. Voting

    Subsection i. The Student Senate Advisor shall not have a vote.
    Subsection ii. The President or Chair shall not have voting rights except at Executive Board meetings, for the elections of board members and in case of a tie.
    Subsection iii. In the event of an even two-thirds (2/3) or a three-quarters (¾) vote on votes that require it, excluding elections, the President may cast a swing vote.
    Subsection iv. An abstain vote does not count as a no vote.

    Section 3. Proxy

    Subsection i. Voting by proxy for election purposes is prohibited.
    Subsection ii. A member may not proxy his or her vote more than two (2) meetings in a row.
    Subsection iii. A member may receive only one (1) vote by proxy (Up to five members per meeting can proxy their vote).
    Subsection iv. A member may proxy his or her vote to another member to use at their discretion.
    Subsection v. Only an excused absence can proxy their vote.
    Subsection vi. In the event of a foreseen absence, the member may solicit permission from the President or Chair to proxy and inform the President or Chair to whom the vote has been proxied.
    Subsection vii. An At-Large representative may not proxy his or her vote.

    Section 4. Conflict of Interest

    Subsection i. Any time there is to be a vote that a Student Senate member(s) would directly benefit from they must abstain.
    Subsection ii. For any motion pertaining to a club or organization, members of said club or organization will abstain.
    Subsection iii. The Student Senate member may participate in the discussion to answer questions, but may not advocate for the action to be taken.
    Subsection iv. The minutes shall reflect the abstention of the Student Senate member(s).

    Section 5. All expenditures from the Student Senate budget or Clubs budget require a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the Student Senate.

    Article VII
    Meetings

    Section 1. The Student Senate shall meet once per week during the fall and spring semesters, excluding finals week and spring break, and at the call of the Student Senate President during summer session.
    Section 2. All meetings held by the Student Senate are open for any member of the Anoka-Ramsey Community College – Coon Rapids Community, Administration, Faculty, Staff and MSCSA members to attend.
    Section 3. Emergency Meetings

    Subsection i. The President, a majority of members, or a group of fifty (50) students may call an emergency meeting in order to deal with crucial issues as they arise.
    Subsection ii. Emergency meetings shall not take the place of regularly scheduled meetings.
    Subsection iii. Twenty-four (24) hours’ notice must be given for such meetings, and the agenda must be posted twenty-four (24) hours in advance.

    Section 4. Any Student Senate member, College Administrator, faculty member, staff member, or registered student may submit an item to the agenda on the Tuesday prior to the meetings.
    Section 5. All meetings are subject to Robert’s Rules of Order, current Edition.
    Section 6. The President shall chair Student Senate meetings. In the event of vacancies or absences, the temporary chair shall be (in this order): Vice President, Communications Director, Public Relations Coordinator, and Clubs Coordinator.
    Section 7. Attendance

    Subsection i. Student Senate members are required to attend all regularly scheduled meetings.
    Subsection ii. An absence to a meeting may be excused at the discretion of the President or Chair when an advance written or e--mail notification is sent a minimum of twenty-four (24) hours prior to the scheduled start of said meeting.
    Subsection iii. A member is required to notify the President or Chair in advance of an absence in writing.
    Subsection iv. A member of the Executive Board who plans to be absent must submit their Executive Board Report to the President or Chair before the meeting.
    Subsection v. Failure to submit a report or notify the President or Chair of absence will result in an unexcused absence.

    Section 8. All meetings are interested parties; however the President must grant anyone wishing to speak the floor. The Student Senate may override this decision by a two-thirds (2/3) vote.
    Section 9. The Student Senate, by two-thirds (2/3) vote, may remove anyone from the room who is disturbing order and otherwise disturbing the flow of the meeting.
    Section 10. The Student Senate, by a three-fourths (¾) vote, may order to discuss a sensitive or private issue. Only Student Senate members and the Student Senate Advisor may be in attendance for said issue.
    Section 11. Layout

    Subsection i. The order of business shall be: (at the President’s discretion)

    a) Call to Order
    b) Roll Call and Establishment of Quorum
    c) Approval of the Agenda
    d) Approval of the Minutes
    e) Student Open Floor and Guest Speakers
    f) Executive Board Reports
    g) Advisor Report
    h) Committee Reports
    i) Unfinished Business
    j) New Business
    k) Other
    l) Good of the Order – Informal Suggestions by members that would benefit the association and its business
    m) Adjournment

    Article VIII
    Committees and Boards

    Section 1. Attendance

    Subsection i. Appointees are expected to attend all scheduled meetings.
    Subsection ii. If unavailable, appointees are responsible for notifying their alternates, with reasonable time to make the scheduled meeting.

    Section 2. The Executive Board may require a written report one (1) week in advance of Committee meeting.
    Subsection i. Written reports shall include, but not be limited to: place, dates of meetings, members, visitors in attendance, and a brief summary of each meeting.
    Section 3. College Committees

    Subsection i. Students seeking appointment to a college committee must submit a letter of intent to the Student Senate President.

    Subsection ii. Committees (standing or ad hoc) with joint representation from student, faculty, staff, and administration of the college include but no limited to:

    a) Budget Committee
    b) Technology Advisory Committee (TAC)
    c) Safety and Security Committee
    d) Facilities Advisory Committee
    e) Strategic Planning Committee
    f) Strategic Initiative Proposal Committee (SIP)
    g) Art Committee
    h) Student Awards Ceremony Committee
    i) Hiring Committees

    Subsection iii. The Student Senate President shall appoint Student Senate members to College Committees when available, unless a currently enrolled student qualifies.
    Subsection iv. The appointee shall provide a verbal or written report to the Student Senate following each of the committee’s schedule meetings, with the exception to hiring committees.

    Section 4. Standing Committees

    Subsection i. Committees that have indefinite terms and need to be maintained yearly include, but no limited to:

    a) Student Life Committee – Co-Chaired by the President
    b) Parking Fee Committee – Co-Chaired by the President
    c) Health and Wellness Fee Committee – Co-Chaired by the President
    d) Technology Fee Committee – Co-Chaired by the President
    e) Athletic Fee Committee – Co-Chaired by the President
    f) Constitution Committee – Chaired by the Vice President
    g) Platform Committee – Chaired by the Vice President
    Subsection ii. The committee chair shall present the committee’s findings and/or recommendation(s) to the full Student Senate for further action.

    Section 5. Ad Hoc Committees

    Subsection i. Can be formed by a majority vote of the Student Senate.
    Subsection ii. Each ad hoc committee is disbanded at a date set by the Student Senate following the formation of said ad hoc committee.
    Subsection iii. Upon disbandment of said ad hoc committee, the chair shall present the committee’s findings and/or recommendation(s) to the full Student Senate.

    Article IX
    Clubs and Organizations

    Section 1. Student groups seeking official club or organization status must meet the following requirements:

    Subsection i. Be open to with no discrimination regarding race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, membership or activity in a local commission as defined by law.
    Subsection ii. Ensure that club’s purpose benefits students and the College.
    Subsection iii. Secure a faculty or staff advisor, approved by the Student Activities Coordinator.
    Subsection iv. Submit a proposed written constitution to the Student Activities Coordinator.
    Subsection v. If the proposed club seeks to be affiliated with a state or national organization, the affiliated constitution and the terms of affiliation must also be submitted and approved by the Student Activities Coordinator.
    Subsection vi. Submit a roster of active student-members and Star ID’s to the Student Activities Coordinator, ensuring the minimum membership is at least five (5).
    Subsection vii. Approval of the charter requires a three-fourths (¾) majority vote of the Student Senate.

    Section 2. Responsibilities of clubs and organizations include:

    Subsection i. All clubs and organizations must submit a completed Club Roster Form and Expectations and Responsibilities Form from the ARCC Clubs and Organization Guide to the Student Activities Coordinator after their first official meeting of the fall semester.
    Subsection ii. Maintain at least five (5) active student members at all times.

    a) Member list must be kept current with the Student Senate Clubs Coordinator.
    b) Members must be registered for a minimum of one (1) credit.

    Subsection iii. Submit a written report (once a semester) twice per year to report meeting times/dates/location, activities, upcoming events, and anticipated funding needs.
    Subsection iv. Submit all Constitution and Bylaw amendments and/or revisions to the Student Activities Coordinator.
    Subsection v. Any club or organization wishing to receive funds must have a representative present at the Campus Activities Board meetings at least once a month.
    Subsection vi. All clubs and organization expenditure requests require one (1) Student Club Representative to appear before Student Senate if totaling over their allotted yearly budget.
    Subsection vii. Before a club or organization’s expenditure request may be approved the club must have completed the required follow-up for all past approved expenditures.
    Subsection viii. All club and organization expenditure requests requiring Student Senate approval must be turned into the Student Senate or Student Activities Coordinator by the Monday prior to the Student Senate meetings.
    Subsection ix. All members of clubs and organizations that receive approval for travel must agree and sign all travel forms and return it to the Student Activities Coordinator.
    Subsection x. All clubs and organizations must adhere to the Expectations and Responsibilities listed in the ARCC Clubs and Organizations Guide.

    Section 3. Student Senate responsibilities in regards to clubs and organizations include:

    Subsection i. The Student Senate considers request for provisional and official club status and recommends action to the Director of Student Development and Engagement. The College President shall have final authority to approve or deny all charters.
    Subsection ii. The Student Senate shall have the right to inspect all books, records, and activities of clubs to review operations and to determine that clubs are operating within their stated purpose.
    Subsection iii. The Student Senate considers for action all requests for funding brought forth by clubs.
    Subsection iv. The Student Senate shall have the privilege of calling presiding officers or other duly constituted members of the clubs and organizations for consultation when considering matters of concern to these clubs and organizations.
    Subsection v. The Student Senate, by two-thirds (2/3) vote, may place on probation, suspend, or revoke the charter and official club status of any club or organization.

    a) Which fails to abide by its state purpose.
    b) That is determined to be in violation of the Student Senate rules and responsibilities as previously stated.
    c) Or fail to meet the overall requirements of the College.

    Subsection vi. Prior to a charter being placed on probation, suspension, or revocation, member shall be granted an opportunity to speak on behalf of the club or organization.

    Article X
    Discipline

    Section 1. Any Student Senate member found in violation of the Student Code of Conduct or illegal behavior shall be removed from the Student Senate immediately.
    Section 2. Any Student Senate member is subject to the suspension of their right to vote as a senator for:

    Subsection i. Failing to meet the requirements of serving as a senator.

    Section 3. Any Student Senate member is subject to removal for:

    Subsection i. Failing to maintain the minimum qualifications stated in Article II, Section I (as determined by the Student Activities Coordinator).
    Subsection ii. Failing to carry out his/her membership responsibilities.
    Subsection iii. Behaving in a manner deemed unfit by the Student Senate.
    Subsection iv. Missing two (2) meetings unexcused)

    a) A meeting absence will be determined by the President or Chair.
    Subsection v. Failing to follow the Student Code of Conduct set forth by ARCC.

    Section 4. The Student Senate Executive Board in conjunction with the Student Activities Coordinator will immediately remove any Student Senate member due to a Student Conduct violation, falling below the minimum requirements or other illegal/unethical behavior.
    Section 5. Any member may be removed by the Student Senate by a two-thirds (2/3) vote. To the extent possible, the member being considered for removal shall be notified prior to a vote to dismiss and given an opportunity to speak on his/her behalf.
    Section 6. For any Student Senator or Executive Board member who is failing to complete their duties, the following steps shall be taken:

    Subsection i. The President and Student Senate Advisor shall offer mediation during an initial meeting with the Senator or Executive Board member and their duties. This includes setting goals to meet by a follow-up meeting.
    Subsection ii. Upon the second meeting, if there is no apparent improvement, the President and Student Senate Advisor shall give the Senator or Executive Board member two (2) weeks to present proof of their own in-depth report of duties performed.
    Subsection iii. If proof is not presented or is deemed insufficient, then the Senator or Executive Board member shall be stripped of their privileges in this order:

    a) Executive Board position.
    b) Voting rights.
    c) Full Senator status with voting rights.

    Subsection iv. Proceed with severity of member’s violation/neglect.

    Article XI
    Dormancy and Method of Dissolution

    Section 1. In the event the Student Senate becomes dormant, the Student Senate Advisor shall set a meeting and notify all Representatives.
    Section 2. The ARCC-Coon Rapids Student Senate may be dissolved by one (1) or more of the following methods:

    Subsection i. By a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the student body.
    Subsection ii. Closing of the college.

    Article XII
    Amendments

    Section 1. Suggestions to amend the Constitution may be made in the following manners:

    Subsection i. Any Student Senate member may submit a proposed amendment to the Constitution committee.
    Subsection ii. Any student may submit a proposed amendment to the Student Senate if a petition supporting the amendment has signatures of two hundred fifty (250) students, or five (5%) percent of the student body full-year equivalent (FYE), whichever is fewer.
    Subsection iii. A proposed amendment must be submitted at least one (1) meeting prior to the vote on the amendment.

    Section 2. Amendment Requirements

    Subsection i. The Constitution shall be amended by three-fourth (¾) vote of the Student Senate.

    Section 3. Ratification

    Subsection i. Amendments to the Constitution, when ratified, take effect immediately.
    Subsection ii. Any minor amendments made to this document shall be listed in the “Revision History” section.
    Subsection iii. Any major amendments made to this document shall be documented in the old copy of this document which is to be kept for historical purposes.

    Section 4. This document may be suspended, as a whole or in part, temporarily by three-fourths (¾) vote of the Student Senate.

    Article XIII
    Revision History

    Section 1. A revision history is available in the Student Senate Archives.
    Section 2. They can be reviewed upon request to the Student Senate Communications Director.

  • The students from Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids campus volunteer their efforts and time to make Student Senate work.

    Executive Board

    President, Anna Ewing
    Vice President, Ricardo Gonzales
    Communications Director, Nicholas Gertner
    Public Relations Coordinator, Destiny Stevens
    Clubs Coordinator, Megan Caldwell

    COON RAPIDS SENATORS

    Senator, Tanner Hanson
    Senator, Rachel Bray
    Senator, Elijah Muhammad

  • Coon Rapids Student Senate meetings are held:

    Wednesdays
    2 to 3 pm
    Rm S145

    All students are encouraged to attend! Feel free to stop in and see what it is about, a commitment is not required. Also make note that you can arrive and stay as long as you can or wish, however we would prefer you stay until the end of the meeting if possible. 

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